Crackdown on Crime - Disappearance of LaKisha Taylor

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - "Somebody knows something, but nobody wants to come forward and it just hurts... It hurts my whole family," said Emile Alexander.

Surrounded by family and friends, Emile Alexander says he finds it hard to believe his older sister could just vanish without a trace.

"She would have called somebody," said Emile.

By all accounts LaKisha Taylor was the life of the party.

"We always had good times with her," recalls Shandrella Alexander.

But the good times ended on Thursday June 12th 2008.

"That was the last time we seen her. The Friday we called, we called here cell phone it goes strait to voice mail and I'm waiting on her to call all day - dang where Kisha at... Nobody talked to Kisha," said Shandrella.

Worry turned to suspicion after an iron was found unattended, clothes laid out and a full bath still waiting at LaKisha's house. That's when they filed a missing person's report.

"She was interrupted. Somebody came up in there and they took her," said Ashley Alexander.

Now classified as a missing person's case, police continue to follow leads. No suspects have ever been named in connection with LaKisha's disappearance but her family believes her husband knows more than he is saying. He's currently serving time in jail for drugs.

In the meantime family and friends have conducted their own searches only to be met with dead ends they've had to celebrate two of LaKisha's birthdays in her absence and say they fear the worst.

"She is not alive... She is dead. I don't want to say that but she is dead," said Emile.

Without a mother, her three children still ask questions about where she is.

"When I see her kids... I see her and it's like I look at them and it's just so hurtful," said Nicole Stevenson.

With another holiday season approaching the pain is real... Pain they believe will heal once justice is served and the truth comes out.

"What you do in the dark... It will come to the light," said Ashley.

Anyone with information about LaKisha Taylor's disappearance can call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.

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